https://www.duolingo.com/krismet

No progress because of decay-prevention

I love Duolingo. But I do think the skill decay, at least in the French course, is a little too quick. In spite of the fact that I use it almost every day, there are usually somewhere between 1 and 4 lessons that have decayed and in those up to 6 (?) units need to be re-done. By the time I have done that, there is little time for new lessons. Maybe I am too perfectionist, but then again, repetition as such is useful - there just is too much of it in this case. Anyone else have the same problem?

September 2, 2013

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

The Gold status disappears because there are some words in the lesson that you need to practise again, but not all of them need the repetition yet. I you just redo that lesson, you practise all of the words inside, which takes longer. I you go to your vocabulary and practise weakest words you only get the ones that need repetition and you can "refill" several lessons in one go.

I am using the "practise weakest words" most of the time now and I think it works better for doing everything in time.

September 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

The lessons that you have to repeat, do you still know them by heart or do you make a lot of mistakes in them? That would be a good indicator whether the repetition is too much or just right. If you want to learn the language and not just complete a virtual tree, you have to make sure you have really learned the lessons.

Do you sometimes use the "practice weakest words" button? I use it a lot, and so far I never lost the gold in any lesson. I mostly repeat, and just do some new lessons if I feel confident I have learned the previous lessons.

September 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/espace13

Yes I also use the practice weakest words button and I have never lost the gold on my lessons. I normally practice weakest words two or three times a day and this seems to keep my lessons gold.

September 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pinkduckling

You can also go to the vocab list for that particular skill and there's a button to practice the words from all of those lessons. It might be quicker than doing each lesson individually.

September 2, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/krismet

Thanks loads everybody! I will definitely try the practice-weakest-words approach, it does seem a lot simpler.

September 3, 2013
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